Ricky Carranza has 11 years of drum experience and has been professionally active for 4 years in the industry playing and performing for different artists and bands, with genres ranging from R&B and Pop to Reggae and Blues. His main goal as a drum instructor is to help students with timing, feel and pocket. Even if you have never been on a drum set before, Ricky will go over drum set familiarity and proper sticking technique. He also strives to teach students the various drumming styles of different genres through techniques and rhythm.
Hector Guardado has been a freelance musician for six years. He plays a wide range of musical styles and genres from jazz, blues and soul to latin and everything in between. His experience comes from playing in theater pits, jazz quartets, pop bands, recording sessions and churches. No matter what your level of playing is, Hector can help you take the steps needed to becoming a more seasoned musician. He helps his students build a solid foundation of technical proficiency on their instrument, an understanding of music theory, sight-reading skills, and ear training exercises. These lessons will be customized for your specific goals in order to reach that next plateau in your playing. Most importantly, Hector encourages his students to have fun and enjoy the music because that’s what it’s all about!
Erin Flynn was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She began learning the piano and voice at the age of 4, and has studied five instruments throughout her life. She went on to pursue music at CSU San Bernardino where she earned two Bachelors degrees in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre in 2011. During her time in college, she performed in numerous operas, musicals, jazz ensembles, vocal jazz groups, chamber choirs, large ensemble choirs, theatrical plays, and dance concerts. She also sang folk, rock, pop, gospel, 20th, and 21st century compositions. She recently completed studying opera at CSU Sacramento under Professor Claudia Kitka where she finished her Masters degree in Fall of 2016. She most recently taught voice and piano at the Sacramento Piano Conservatory while completing her graduate degree. As she has enjoyed singing and performing so many different types of music throughout her career, she believes the pursuit of music to be a life-long journey.
Dakota Daugherty has been playing saxophone for over 10 years and recently received his Bachelor of Music from CSU San Bernardino. Striving to be a versatile player, he has performed in a variety of settings: accompanied soloist, symphonic band, chamber orchestra, saxophone quartet, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, theatre productions, and more. Dakota’s post-graduation plans are to dive deeper into his jazz education and woodwind doubling via private study, and then graduate school. Until he begins his masters, he will remain in the Los Angeles/Inland Empire area teaching and performing. “I want to help my students learn in a way that does not intimidate them. We grow best when we love what we do, so I want them to enjoy each lesson so they can’t wait to open their case again. At the same time our goal is to understand how to practice efficiently.”
Tim first picked up a guitar in 2006 after hearing the live Randy Rhoads Tribute album. After gigging around Southern California, Nevada, and Utah with his rock band (playing with acts such as Korn, LA Guns, Creeping Death, the Iron Maidens, and others), Tim joined the United States Marine Corps in 2008. He returned to school in 2012, attending Chaffey College and obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art & Music. Following that, he matriculated to San Francisco State University where he graduated with a B.A. in Music with a Jazz Guitar emphasis. He has studied under accomplished guitarists such as Brandon Bernstein, Matt Lake, Adam Hawley, Tim Fischer, and Bruce Forman as well as notable jazz musicians such as Andrew Speight, Michel Zisman, Dee Spencer, and Hafez Modirzadeh. Currently, Tim is working toward his Master’s Degree in Studio/Jazz guitar at the University of Southern California (USC). As a rock, metal, blues, and jazz musician, Tim teaches music theory that is practical and useful to the guitar and piano. He has a strong emphasis on sight reading, chordal and scalar playing, and especially improvisation.
David Dexter DeJesus has been playing music for 9 years and has been trained at Encore High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on various instruments including drums, saxophone, guitar, and clarinet. At a young age, David began taking drum lessons to further develop his skills which eventually led him to playing various gigs around the Inland Empire with different bands. David is still an active musician currently working on an album with his band. He has been teaching music for 5 years on various instruments specializing in rock, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, and Latin music. David’s passion for music is what drives him to share and teach his knowledge of music with his students.
Alexander studied at Berklee College of Music (Piano Performance/Music Production and Engineering). He has worked with, written and produced for major recording artists including two-time Grammy nominee Luke James (Island Records), The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars), Sabi, UMG, Sony Music, RocNation (Rihanna), Atlantic Records and several others. He enjoys teaching students of all ages who share his passion for piano and music.
Paulina Reynoso has been singing since the age of 5. For the past 5 years, she has been involved in local musicals, a capella groups, and other performances. Her interest in music was strengthened as soon as she started participating in musicals and theater, and is something she desires to pursue for years to come. Music has motivated her to venture out of her comfort zone because she believes that as a musician and performer, once you are satisfied, you’re stuck! She lives by the motto: “The future holds wonders for you outside your comfort zone.”
Ronny has been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for 15. He has played music from California to Ireland, had songs in Los Angeles television, Inland Empire radio, and worked as a studio musician. Ronny is a Martin endorsed artist specializing in rock reggae and blues. He teaches creativity through improvisation and focuses on rhythm, chords, lead riffs, scales, and songs. Folk, country, hard rock or anything else the student is interested in can also be taught. Keeping lessons fun is key, instilling a love of music by actual playing of the guitar.
Paul Reyes has been a self taught musician and songwriter since the age of 18. He studied Music at Cal State San Bernardino and the Redlands Conservatory. He has played in various bands, as a solo artists, wedding performances and Traditional Salon Performances where he loves to share the gift of music and sound to all. He now teaches all ages and his philosophy is that anyone can learn an instrument given a dedication and passion to themselves. His philosophy is that music connects a wide diversity people, and improves the well being of every individual, which can lead to improving the well being of the world. Paul currently works as DJ, songwriter, artist developer, performer and freelance recording engineer.
Markey Munive has been playing piano since she was five years old. She is classically trained and has a strong knowledge of technique and music theory. Her goal is to educate all of her students to a point where they can not only read music easily but also create their own music using the theory she teaches in lessons. Markey has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is able to tutor younger students easily. She is excited to engage her students in exploring the wonderful world of music!
Lucille Taylor is a master teacher and performer from Riverside and Pasadena, where the two studios of Achieve Music are located. She is an adjunct professor teaching viola, violin, chamber music and “String Techniques for all of the orchestral stringed instruments”, as well as course instruction in the “Art of Listening – Music Appreciation” at Loma Linda and La Sierra Universities, the University of California, and previously at the University of Redlands.
Formerly a principal violist of the Long Beach, Pacific, and Redlands symphonies, she is currently a member of the San Bernardino Symphony and is available as an alternate player in both the viola and violin sections of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A member of the well-known Taylor String Quartet, Lucille has enjoyed a reputation as an accomplished performer since she was a child, and Taylor performs frequently today as a freelance orchestral, chamber musician and soloist. She does recording session work on film, game, and promotional videos as well.